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Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-Garde

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Publisher Comments:

With ruminations on drawing, color and caricature, on the political meaning of fairy-tales, talking animals and human beings as machines, Hollywood Flatlands brings to light the links between animation, avant-garde art and modernist criticism. Focusing on the work of aesthetic and political revolutionaries of the inter-war period, Esther Leslie reveals how the animation of commodities can be studied as a journey into modernity in cinema. She looks afresh at the links between the Soviet Constructivists and the Bauhaus, for instance, and those between Walter Benjamin and cinematic abstraction. She also provides new interpretations of the writings of Siegfried Kracauer on animation, shows how Theodor Adorno’s and Max Horkheimer’s film viewing affected their intellectual development, and reconsiders Sergei Eisenstein’s famous handshake with Mickey Mouse at Disney’s Hyperion Studios in 1930. 10 color and 30 b/w photographs.

Book News Annotation:

Frustrated by the phoney war between high culture and popular or mass culture, Leslie (English and humanities, Birkbeck College, London) explores how modernist theorists, artists, and most of all political revolutionaries were fascinated by cartoons.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

With ruminations on drawing, colour and caricature, on the political meaning of fairy tales, talking animals and human beings as machines, "Hollywood Flatlands" brings to light the links between animation, Avant-Garde art and modernist criticism.

About the Author

Esther Leslie is a lecturer in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, London. She is the author of Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism and sits on the editorial boards of Historical Materialism, Radical Philosophy and Revolutionary History.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859846124
Subtitle:
Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-Garde
Author:
Leslie, Esther
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Amateur Production
Subject:
Animation
Subject:
Animation (cinematography)
Subject:
Animated films
Subject:
Film - Animation
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - General
Series Volume:
TM 9-1729C
Publication Date:
20020917
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.22x6.58x1.06 in. 1.74 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » History and Criticism

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